Which way are you leaning?
Today, I had a coffee with my friend Chris Savage, who writes a great blog called Wrestling Possums. Well worth checking out. While we were sharing personal growth stories he referenced a man of great wisdom and insight – Dr Seuss. In his seminal work “The Lorax”, Dr. Seuss’ character says “A tree falls the way it leans, be careful which way you lean”.
It got me thinking about leaders and how we lean.
At our best, we lean well into habits that are positive, outcome focused and ‘leaderly like’, what ever that means in the moment! However, when we have limited capacity or are under duress, we can over-rely on habits and practices that are not the ones we would ideally opt for and that help the leader to fall over.
Having worked with thousands of leaders across the Asia Pacific region we have observed several ‘leanings’ that propels the leader to fall – and not in the way they hoped.